Basketball teams gear for three nationally-televised games in next two weeks

Basketball teams gear for three nationally-televised games in next two weeks

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's basketball teams will have three road games broadcast nationally in the coming two weeks, beginning when the women oppose Bentley University on Saturday at 12 p.m. as CBS Sports Network's NCAA Division II National TV Game of the Week. The match-up, which will be played at Bentley's Dana Center in Waltham, Mass., can be seen locally on Comcast channels 175 (SD) and 823 (HD).

"It's an amazing opportunity for Saint Michael's College to showcase what we do and the type of student-athletes we attract, and also really show our program," said second-year head coach Shannon Kynoch. "On a broader scale, it's great exposure for the Northeast-10 Conference, which is such a strong conference. Bentley is certainly a formidable opponent, and facing the defending national champion on national television is a tremendous opportunity to have. We're looking forward to a great game."

Ari Wolfe, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster who has also worked for such networks as ESPN and NFL Network, will provide play-by-play for the game, and former San Diego State University player Tammy Blackburn, who works Pac-12 Network broadcasts for various sports, is the color analyst. Cat Andersen will report from the sidelines.

The Saint Michael's-Bentley contest is one of eight regular-season Division II games broadcast by CBS Sports Network in 2014-15, but the only one featuring New England schools. It will also be one of just three women's contests on the ledger. In addition to being televised, the game can be streamed on NCAA.com and via the NCAA Sports mobile app.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, both the men's and women's basketball teams' contests at Southern New Hampshire University will be carried live on NESNplus and NESN National. The women tip off at 1:30 p.m. in SNHU Fieldhouse in Manchester, N.H., before the men's contest is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. In the Burlington area, NESNplus can be watched via Comcast on channels 84 (SD) and 894 (HD).

Those games will be produced by Pack Network, with NESN, New England's most watched sports network, carrying the broadcast on its NESNplus and NESN National channels. Regional viewers can catch the action on NESNplus, which is available through nearly every television provider in New England. NESN National is the national television service of NESN that provides fans outside New England the best opportunity to follow NESN coverage. NESN National is available in more than 85 television markets, including seven of the top 10 markets in the country, via AT&T Uverse, Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable and Verizon Fios, and is seen in up to five million homes. Visit NESN.com/NESNNational and NESN.com/NESNplus to locate the channels in your viewing area.

Entering the week, the Purple Knight women are 9-12 overall and 4-12 in the NE-10. They are tied with Bentley and Southern New Hampshire for the sixth spot in the Northeast Division, with the top five advancing to the postseason. Saint Michael's trails the fifth-place squad, Saint Anselm College, their opponent on Wednesday, by one game. The Saint Michael's men, who are sixth in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, are 15-6 and 11-5, tying for second in the NE-10's Northeast Division. First-place Southern New Hampshire is atop the standings, leading the Purple Knights by one game.